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AirNet: An Edge-Fabric abstraction model to manage software-defined networks

Aouadj, Messaoud and Lavinal, Emmanuel and Desprats, Thierry and Sibilla, Michelle AirNet: An Edge-Fabric abstraction model to manage software-defined networks. (2017) International Journal of Network Management, 27 (6). 1-17. ISSN 1055-7148

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/nem.1983


Software‐defined networking (SDN) is one of the most significant initiatives to make current networks easier to configure, test, debug, and evolve. Within an SDN ecosystem, the Northbound interface is used by operators to define policies and to program the control plane, it thus represents a major challenge. Ideally, this northbound interface should allow administrators to describe, as simply as possible, network services and their interactions, rather than specifying how and on what physical device they need to be deployed. In this article, we propose a new network control language, called AirNet, which is built on top of an abstraction model whose main feature is to provide a clear separation between edge and core network devices. Thus, logical boundaries between different types of policies will exist (control, data, and transport services), ensuring modularity and reusability of the control program. An implementation of the AirNet language has also been done, which includes in particular a hypervisor that achieves the composition of the control policies on the virtual network and their mapping on the physical infrastructure. Finally, several experiments showing promising results have been conducted on different use cases.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Wiley. The definitive version is available at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com. The original PDF can be found at International Journal of Network Management (ISSN 1055-7148) website : https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10991190
HAL Id:hal-02548085
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
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